Modi’s visit: Forces intensify frisking, searches, deploy drones in Srinagar

Modi’s visit: Forces intensify frisking, searches, deploy drones in Srinagar

Srinagar, Feb 1: Security forces have intensified searches and frisking besides deployed drones to foil any militant attempt to cause any disturbance in the summer capital, Srinagar, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state on Sunday.
Modi is scheduled to visit all three regions of the state – Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh – to lay foundation stones and inaugurate various developmental projects on Sunday.
Security forces on Friday conducted random search of buildings, including shops and hotels, in Lal Chowk area, the nerve centre of the summer capital.
Meanwhile, checkpoints have been established by forces at several places in the city and outskirts, checking passing vehicles, particularly two wheelers, and frisking travelers.
Checkpoints have been established at several places in the city, including Batamaloo, Jahangir Chowk and MA road. The security personnel are checking passing vehicles, particularly two wheelers, before allowing them to go ahead.
Meanwhile, police has deployed drones at some places in civil lines to keep a close watch on the movement of vehicles and people on roads.
“We have directions to conduct random searches of vehicles and check the identity cards of those boarding the vehicles,” a security force officer said near Ganta Ghar in Lal Chowk.
“All three wheelers besides motorcycles and scooters and cars, particularly with license plates from other districts, were being properly searched before allowing them to go,” he added.
“A high alert has also been issued in Kashmir valley, including Srinagar city, following inputs about the militants’ plan to carry out attack on security and other important installation, on or before the PM’s visit to the state,” a senior security official said.
He said field commanders have been directed to remain extra vigilant in Kashmir, particularly in this summer capital.
Official sources said that several youths, mostly stone pelters, were arrested by security forces and placed in preventive custody in several local police stations and central jail, Srinagar.
Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan on Thursday said all arrangements, including security, electricity, transport, medical facility, drinking water, parking, security passes and other requirements, have been put in place.
General Officer Commander-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Northern Command of the Indian Army Lt General Ranbir Singh on Wednesday visited Kashmir and reviewed the security situation in the valley. The visit of Lt Gen Singh holds significance, as it comes at a time, when militant activities have increased several folds.
Ten people, including two CRPF jawans, were injured in two separate grenade attacks on Wednesday and Thursday in south Kashmir, while about a dozen such attacks have been carried out by militants in the valley, particularly in this summer capital, in January.
During his visit to Kashmir, the Prime Minister will lay foundation stone of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Transit Accommodation for Migrant families and will also launch the SAUBHAGYA Scheme.